The MRF:
Hillburn, NY

The Recycling Plant in Hillburn, NY, also known as an MRF, Materials Recovery Facility, offers an out of the box  and extensive education on the importance of recycling as well as exciting recycling-related activities for children to enjoy.

Jennifer Sheridan, Assistant Waste Educator, offers a fascinating tour of the facility.  She explains the importance of Reduce– to buy and own less items, Reuse-reuse items wherever possible, and

Recycle-plastic,metal and cardboard items. The program’s purpose is to empower children and their families to develop sustainable lifestyle practices in their own lives and then inspire others to do the same.

The first part of the tour is a video presentation explaining the process of recycling After the video presentation, you then go to an observation deck where you can view the workers sorting, baling the sorted recyclables, see the baled materials stacked inside the facility ready for shipment as well as forklifts load the bales into tractor trailers for transportation to remanufacturing facilities.

The tour concludes with a visit to the Star Lab. The Star Lab offers you the opportunity to experiment on interactive exhibits. Each exhibit focuses on a different area of the environment, showing the positive effects of waste reduction, benefits of recycling, responsible decision making, decreasing energy consumption, and backyard composting.

The tour gives you a good understanding of the importance of recycling and about what happens to the waste, trash, and recyclables of Rockland County and to have environmental responsibility.


Posted: August 3, 2017

Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices. 


420 Torne Valley Road

Hillburn, NY 10931


Phone Number:

845-753-2200 ext.34


Email Address:

[email protected]


To schedule a 1 ½ to 2 hour tour with a group tour of 10-35 people – call or email, Jennifer Sheridan, Assistant Waste Educator


Price: Free


Approximate Distance from:

Monsey: 20 minutes

Brooklyn Bridge:  1 hour, 15 minutes

 Lakewood: 1 hour, 45 minutes